There has been a lot of talk in the news of impeaching President Donald Trump. Democrats in Congress – especially in the House of Representatives – have been talking about impeaching him since he first took office, but why? Will the House actually impeach Trump this time, and if so, what will happen?
What Is Impeachment?
Impeachment is a way of trying to remove the president. The United States Constitution gives a process for removing a president who has broken the law, but impeachment is just the first step. The House of Representatives can vote to impeach the president. This has happened to only three of our 45 presidents so far.
For the president to be removed from office, the Senate must then hold a trial. If the Senate votes to find the president guilty, then the president is removed from office. This has never happened before. When the House impeaches but the Senate doesn’t find him guilty, the president stays in office.
Impeaching Donald Trump
Many reasons have been given for impeaching Donald Trump. Democrats in the House of Representatives had tried to get the impeachment process started for a range of reasons before but failed. Now, Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, a Democrat from California, has said it is time to look at impeaching Trump. The most recent reason that some members of Congress are investigating impeachment is a phone call between President Trump and the president of Ukraine. Some claim that Trump is trying to get the Ukrainian president to help him beat Joe Biden in the 2020 election. Biden may be chosen to run against Trump in 2020.
It’s a long road to impeaching a president – and an even longer one to convicting and removing that president from office.